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For the woman who likes fancy work, Italian hemstitching offers many variations of patterns and uses. It is lovely for luncheon sets, table covers or scarfs, and for finishing guest towels, and is especially effective on colored linens. In making towels one end might be finished with Italian hemstitching, and the other with plain hemstitching. One variation of the Italian work is to pull out two threads of material, leave four, pull eight, leave four, and pull two.. Save the drawn threads and use them in making the hemstitching. In the rows where two threads were pulled. make plain hemstitching, in the other, catch each four threads together, then go over and fasten two of these groups together to form crosses.
Schultz, Rhea Ferne
"Only 39 More Days Until Christmas,"
The Iowa Homemaker: Vol. 4
, Article 8.
Available at: https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/homemaker/vol4/iss8/8